Punter wins $50K in style, shows up fan who drops his marbles

Lynette Rowe
February 19, 2018

18 wides, two no-balls, and free-hits tell its own tale.

Amidst all this, the fan catch worth $50,000 and the dismissal via a dislodged helmet are the highlights of the match.

In the penultimate over of the New Zealand innings, Taylor swung his bat at an Andrew Tye delivery, and while the hit clearly gave him six runs over the short leg-side boundary over square leg, the ball landed in the outstretched left hand of the young cricket fan.

He is the second victor in the Tui Catch a Million promotion, after the first $50K catch was taken last month in the match between New Zealand and Pakistan in Dunedin.

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Cricket enthusiasts were challenged to lift a one-handed catch from the crowd, clad in the orange shirts provided to get their hands on the prize money. Mitchell Grimstone was pounced upon by his friends who could not believe that he had caught the ball.

New Zealand cricketer Ross Taylor whose catch Mitchell Grimstone took shared a photo on his Instagram account and wrote, "Congratulations Mitch on a great catch and 50k Enjoy my gloves and the match ball #tuicatchamillion#blackcaps #nzvaus". Grimstone who is a longtime cricket fan and who also plays club cricket in Wellington said the catch still hadn't sunk in.

Recalling the moment, Grimstone spoke to cricket.com.au and said, "It all happened in a blur, I saw it and I thought, I'm a chance here and then popped out my hand. And then everyone was jumping on me".

"It still hasn't sunk in really, it's all a blur and it's just wonderful, the whole Tui thing and how they've done it".

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